Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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A major construction project is underway at a private college in Springfield, Massachusetts.


A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino.

Hampden District Attorney's Office

A district attorney Wednesday is planning to announce what is called a “significant development” in a notorious unsolved western Massachusetts murder case.

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The results of standardized tests given in Massachusetts schools last year are a mixed bag for the state’s second largest school system.


The skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is getting a new temporary feature.


Ground was broken today for a future park in Springfield, Massachusetts that will be named for a slain U.S. Marine.

The first of three scheduled debates between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tonight. Much of the nation is expected to tune in for the 90 minute debate. To find out what’s at stake for the candidates, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Tim Vercellotti, political science professor and director of the Western New England University Polling Institute.

A broadband internet access initiative for low-income families is being introduced in the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.


Construction is under way on the last major rebuilding project stemming from the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield, Massachusetts.

Thousands of volunteers are fanning out in four New England states today for an organized trash cleanup along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Connecticut River Watershed Council

Thousands of volunteers will fan out in four New England states Friday and Saturday for an organized trash cleanup along the banks of the Connecticut River.

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A non-profit has reopened an emergency loan fund to help western Massachusetts farmers who have suffered losses because of the drought.


Two organizations involved in workforce development in western Massachusetts have formed a partnership.


Anxious to make the inaugural season of its new professional hockey team a success, the city of Springfield is removing a financial obstacle to attend the games.

Springfield Museums

Exhibits and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution will be coming to western Massachusetts.


A new initiative has been announced in western Massachusetts in an effort to reduce drug overdose deaths and the misuse of prescription medications.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
WestMass Area Development Corp

Massachusetts will fund enhancements to a riverwalk project in Ludlow that is part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England. The town of Ludlow has officially signed an agreement with the state to accept a $429,500 grant from the MassWorks program. It will be used for lighting, benches, signage explaining the history of the property, and other amenities along the 1.7-mile Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. Carmina Fernandes, a member of the town board of selectmen, said the town...

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Two public forums are scheduled this week about an initiative to resettle refugees including some from Syria in Northampton, Massachusetts. The meetings are being held tonight at the John F. Kennedy Middle School beginning at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center. The public conversations are being sponsored by Catholic Charities of Springfield. The agency has contracted with the U.S. State Department to resettle 51 refugees. The first of the refugees could arrive...

Two public forums have been scheduled on the resettlement of refugees, possibly including some from war-torn Syria, in western Massachusetts.

More than five years after a tornado destroyed Cathedral High School in Springfield, a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Sunday to build a much smaller Catholic high school in its place.

Environmental activists are lobbying city councilors in Springfield to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores in hopes it will lead to a statewide prohibition in Massachusetts.


The Eastern States Exposition, known as the Big E, opened its gates to the public in West Springfield today as the annual fair observes its 100 th anniversary.


The largest agricultural fair in the Northeast, the Big E, opens its gates in West Springfield to the public Friday and kicks off an observance of its 100 th anniversary.


The Five College Consortium is building a new library annex in western Massachusetts.


A woman who dedicated the majority of her adult life to public service in a western Massachusetts city was honored at a ceremony today.

People in western Massachusetts get a chance this week to voice their opinion on the proposed fare structure when all-electronic tolling begins on the turnpike next month.


Hospital emergency rooms are on the front lines in saving lives during the opioid crisis. Now some ERs in western Massachusetts will be getting an additional resource.

After a relatively peaceful summer, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been jolted by a rash of shootings.

A political advocacy group has registered in Massachusetts to campaign for passage of a property tax increase in Springfield to fund historic preservation and parks and playground projects.

A political advocacy group has registered in Massachusetts to campaign for passage of a property tax increase in Springfield to fund historic preservation and parks and playground projects.